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Dark of Winter
Dark of Winter

In the dark days that follow the winter solstice, the last of December through the middle of January, I anxiously track the growth of daylight for reassurance that the tide has indeed turned and that winter will eventually give way to the brightening of early spring.

At this latitude of approximately 45 degrees, daylight grows ever so slowly at first, just a minute more each day until the middle of January, when it starts to grow by twos and then by threes at the month's end.

What I always find curious, and faintly disturbing, is that the day does not grow evenly. The sun sets a minute later each day for the week following the solstice, but it rises the same time day after day.

How could this be?

Baldy View
The mountain is there,
and not because you see it.





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Stoneware Serving Plate
Stoneware Serving Plate
Handmade in Sun Valley


Greetings from Idaho Poster
Greetings from Idaho Poster


Farmer's Market Online
Farmer's Market Online
 



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